Manzano’s girls soccer team scored a goal in each half on Tuesday to upend host Moriarty 2-0.
Adrianna Hernandez knocked in Manzano’s first goal 10 minutes into the first half.
The teams battled back and forth until Angelique Valencia scored the Lady Monarchs’ second goal in the 50th minute.
“I’m happy with how we played—we’ll always take a win,” said Manzano coach Todd Alam. “The girls have been working hard all summer and that’s starting to show.”
The Lady Pintos had a few opportunities to score but came up empty-handed each time. “We took a lot of shots but we just weren’t fortunate enough to put it in the back of the net,” said Moriarty coach Val Luker.
The Lady Pintos’ loss their 1-1 double-overtime draw against the visiting Belen Lady Eagles last Thursday.
The lengthy Belen matchup—80 minutes of regulation and two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods—marked the Lady Pintos’ third consecutive overtime game.
Moriarty controlled possession early in the contest and had a chance to take a lead in the game’s 10th minute on Ashley Strader’s attempted shot but the ball clanged off the crossbar.
Later, in the 26th minute, Chloe Rector won the ball from a Belen defender just outside the 18-yard box, tapped a cross-pass over to Strader who slipped past a separate Belen defender and nailed the shot from 8 yards out to put Moriarty ahead 1-0.
“I just went in, took the ball and just touched it around the defender,” Strader said.
“It’s like we don’t even need to talk,” added Rector about her bond with Strader. “We just have that connection.”
Neither team scored for the final 14 minutes of the first half.
During the intermission Luker told her team: “We need to score some more, I don’t want this to go into overtime.”
But 15 minutes into the second half Belen tied the game at 1-1 and the score remained deadlocked through the remainder of regulation.
The Lady Pintos came out strong in the first overtime with Rector and Strader both attacking and taking shots but they couldn’t find the back of the net and the game entered a second OT.
“I feel like we had a chance to win in that first overtime,” Rector said.
Moriarty goalkeeper Sage Bond, who had 19 total saves, made the stop of the game six minutes into the second OT when the ball came bounding toward her, took a funny hop and bounced right over her.
Bond turned around and quickly pounced on the ball inches before it entered the goal. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh I better get that ball,’ I didn’t want that to be the game,” Bond said. “Thank goodness I got it in time.”
After losing the previous two overtime games, Luker was upbeat about the draw. “I was pleased with the girls’ performance, but that’s the game of soccer—you can’t always control it,” the coach said. “You win some, you lose some, and you tie some.”
Ger has been writing and shooting photos of high school sports for The Independent for 15 years. His dedication to youth athletics goes beyond sports reporting. He is past president of East Mountain Little League and works as a baseball umpire. He lives in Edgewood with his family.